Youtube to buy Twitch

Youtube Buys Twitch

Google’s giant video website Youtube is set to buy Twitch in a reported $1 billion cash deal. Neither party has commented on the matter but Variety.com who has a very reputable reputation when it comes to deals like this broke the story on it yesterday. Variety states that YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.

Lots of gamers and streamers on Twitch are concerned about this given Youtube’s recent rash of controversy surrounding it’s takedowns and false flags for copyright infringement as recently as December last year.

Time will tell whether or not we’ll be seeing good things coming from Twitch’s new parent company providing some funding or if we’ll be staring at “This stream is not available in your country” screens.

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NationVoice MIA

NationVoice MIA

I got a new card from the bank and changed my automatic renewal across several services from Netflix to Google. I went to change it on my NationVoice but there’s no option to do so unless it’s approved by a support ticket. That was a week ago and the ticket hasn’t been answered. After tweeting and getting no response, I went to give them a Facebook page visit only to find that it’s disappeared. After some more digging I found this Reddit post and it appears that NationVoice is MIA. They didn’t pay their license fees to Ventrilo and all of their Ventrilo servers have been suspended. NationVoice has apparently been shut down for who knows how long. All I know is that I’m not sticking around to find out how long. Over the next few days I’ll be shopping Ventrilo hosts. If you know of any let me know!

For the time being, stay away from NationVoice until they can get their stuff sorted out. Even then – consider that this could happen again at any point considering it happened this time.

 

Update: We’ve switched from Ventrilo to Mumble. The quality difference is astounding and the latency between when one person speaks and the other person hears it is as close to instant as you could imagine. We’ve got a Mumble server through CommandChannel.com and the prices are extremely reasonable.

 

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Minecraft 1.8 World Customization

Minecraft World Customization

Minecraft will be getting a huge terrain generator overhaul in version 1.8. Under your world type selection there will be a new Customized option and in the settings for this world type you’ll find 16 sliders which can be used to affect various aspects of Minecraft’s terrain generator, but you can also type in values directly. You also have complete control over things like the sea level and what structures you want to generate. Pretty sweet, eh? Check out this video by the Mojang team showcasing some of the presets and sliders you’ll have.

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